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Run Wild [Hardcover]

Boff Whalley
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Book Description

5 July 2012
Boff Whalley just likes running - the places it takes him, the moments of exhilaration and snapshots of natural beauty that he adds to his mental album. This is not a man who signs up to big city marathons and pounds the pavements. With his down to earth voice and a great sense of humour, Boff writes about how running brings a real world of discovery and adventure, from reaching the top of a mountain with the sun at your back and moon in front creating two shadows to running up Mt Fuji on a break from work. For Boff, running is about freedom, experiencing of the world, your place in it and generally just enjoying yourself. Running is a way to get back to that simplest of relationships - the one between our feet and the earth.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471110613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471110610
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 14 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chumbawamba founder member clearly thinks on his feet if his latest book Run Wild is anything to go by ... Forming the band in 1981, he also ran his first marathon that same year. No wonder he was breathless. During the next 5 years Chumbawamba recorded various albums and toured the world and it took him as long to discover hill running. Enter his first race, he was immediately hooked. Run Wild captures the joys of discovery this new lifestyle brings... --Radio 2 Magazine

'This is not a how-to guide, but a call to legs: anyone can, and should, escape urban life and run, he writes. And it should be fun. This energising read with spark a desire to head for the hills --The Economist

[Whalley] takes to the leafy trails, and the rocky tracks that zigzag a mountain range the well-worn byway created by centuries of footfall places of natural beauty that the eyes can feast upon...Run Wild is an uplifting tale of freedom and unadorned pleasure that is hugely readable --Simon Rowland, Reviews, R2

Run Wild is equal parts advocacy and eclecticism...I found the higgledy-piggledy nature of the book (his description, no mine) hard to get to grips with at first. Suddenly, though, it all fell in to place. This is just like running, I thought. The way your brain shifts around from place to place until you ve found a rhythm and you find yourself following a completely unexpected train of thought --Veggie Runners

Inspirational...Boff s passion is for fells and forests, streams and screes and snowdrifts... He s the runner s Thoreau... A heartfelt celebration of the joy of sponsor-free, off-road running takes in some bracing detours to denounce corporate control over modern athletics. --Independent

His book is a rallying cry to leave the pavements behind and head for the hills, to rediscover the childish joy and playfulness that comes from being outdoors, unrestrained by walls and traffic lights and architecture --
The Scotsman

To Boff Whalley, running isn t about pounding the pavements or a treadmill. It s the mud, spit and sweat of running in the wild, through forest, up and down scraggy hills, in sunshine, rain and snow... his tug you by the sleeve style and thoughtful asides make for an engaging journey. This is not a how-to guide, but a call to legs: anyone can, and should, escape urban life and run, he writes. And it should be fun. This energising read will sparke a desire to head for the hills. --The Economist

Trail running and anarchic punk pop seem odd bedfellows, but in the form of Boff Whalley, guitarist with Chumbawumba, they make perfect companions. Run Wild is a lively, funny read that urges you to leave Tarmax behind and discover the freedom of running through field and forest. It s an autobiography of discovering the delights and thrills of running wild. We defy you to read this and not want to lace up your trainers and run through your nearest green space. --Outdoor Fitness

A paean to running away from the city and reconnecting with the earth --Yorkshire Post

[Whalley] takes to the leafy trails, and the rocky tracks that zigzag a mountain range the well-worn byway created by centuries of footfall places of natural beauty that the eyes can feast upon...Run Wild is an uplifting tale of freedom and unadorned pleasure that is hugely readable --Simon Rowland, Reviews, R2

Run Wild is equal parts advocacy and eclecticism...I found the higgledy-piggledy nature of the book (his description, no mine) hard to get to grips with at first. Suddenly, though, it all fell in to place. This is just like running, I thought. The way your brain shifts around from place to place until you ve found a rhythm and you find yourself following a completely unexpected train of thought --Veggie Runners

About the Author

Boff Whalley did two things in 1981. He started a band and did his first marathon. In the following five years the band, Chumbawamba, recorded several albums and toured the world. The running? It took five years until he ran a hill race to make a success of it. And he was hooked. Being in a band is his life and work, but off-road running is his passion.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 10 reasons why this book is frustrating 8 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover
Considering that, like Boff, I prefer trail running to running in the cities - it's a testament to how horrendously narrow-minded this book is, that I find myself wanting to run a marathon just to spite him. Instead of talking about his love of the wild and just accepting that it is one of many ways to run, he finds the need to impose his broadbrush opinions and insinuate that if you enjoy any other type of exercise you're either scared of exploring or just a corporate sellout. His whole ideology can be summed up as anything big, popular, successful or man-made = bad. Anything small and archaic = good. It's a frustrating read full of various contradictions; here are the 10 I found the most annoying:

1. He berates the general population for relying on cars, roads and things that generally make life easier - this from a man who openly confesses to spending his life in tour buses and planes jetting around on tours (not too sure how that's helping the environment?).

2. He deplores the marathon for being all about set times and distances, berating anyone who wants to do it just for the sense of achievement. He then immediately, without irony, dissects his own trail run around the Lake District doing the 24 hour Bob Graham challenge just because `he wanted to complete it'.

3. He goes on about the `murky business' of road runners who say that it helps them to find themselves, but then happily talks about trail running as a way of connecting to nature and becoming one with the soil as if it's completely scientific and not remotely 'murky' at all.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and stupid. 3 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a keen road and trail runner and bought this as one of many running books I've read as I like reading other people's thoughts on running and wanted to learn more about trail running.

I've just put it down at 30% in as it's just a pathetic rant about Big City Marathons. Not once does this book actually get started before, predictably, he stops to go on and on and on about a race that he doesn't enter, has no interest in and does him no harm. It's really annoying and I wonder what the purpose of the book is supposed to be. ~(I also wonder what a big city marathon has ever done to Boof to elicit such hate - here's the doll, Boff, show us where the marathon touched you. )

So what if you don't like them Boff? Think anyone cares?

If he'd spent more time talking about what he'd learnt through 25 years of running as he did ranting about all that's wrong with marathons then it could have been a good book.

As it is, it's self-centred, narrow-minded and pointless.
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1.0 out of 5 stars peculiar 5 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
This is the most peculiar book ive ever read.i was really excited to read it given richard askwiths review,since 'feet in the clouds' is such a fantastic book.
However I wasnt expecting such a judgemental view of city runners or marathon running from a running enthusiast.it has little stucture and much of the book is a disjointed description of thoughts and nature,incomplete parts of his life experiences mixed with ranting about concrete and marathons.there is only a small insight into any non-mud-running motivation.
Perhaps I dont understand the message of the book because I love to run,road,track and mountain, and understand the significance of completing any run of any length on any terrain just because I can.however if the message is for people who do not run for enjoyment and the peace that countryside running brings then I dont think this book will help them understand that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars makes me wanna go running, in the wild. ... 26 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
makes me wanna go running, in the wild...NOW!!!!! at midnight whilst deep in the city....i wanna go search for the wild within this planet thats hidden by all the grey concrete & tarmac!

and the juxtaposition of the parallels with city marathon events just make me sigh, wishing i was running those routes with Boff, along rivers, up fells & down scree filled valley edges.

breathtaking scenery and quotes from 'thinkers' who existed within the wild, make this a wholesome book. which is a logical step from Boff's previous novel 'footnote'.

I don't want this book to end (i have it on kindle) before he writes another one - so i'll probably read the last paragraph very slowly. only criticism is that it isn't long enough!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the sequel 14 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Boff did a reasonably good job here, but personally I could have done with more of his running memoirs (fitting in some fab runs, manic training and races in between his hectic music career), and less of the crusade against the big city concrete road races. I am not a big fan of the word "trail", but then again the US market wouldn't understand the irony of running up & down big hills using the description "fell racing" (accident & claim waiting to happen may be).
Never the less a good piece of work, worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Written from the heart! 13 July 2013
By Straker
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Boff's observations of running are spot on! Lovely read and as I too was a runner on both the fells and cross country, I can certainly empasthise with his comments
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent not just about running but Boff's philosophical and...
Excellent not just about running but Boff's philosophical and political take on life. I really loved it - he is so right that the marathon isn't the enjoyable side of running it's... Read more
Published 12 months ago by woodcube
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading.
A very absorbing read Boff doesn't like road running and makes that clear time and again that city marathons are not for him. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars wild versus tamed
This is a great book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading, and it depresses me that so many reviewers on this site just don't get it at all. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. FREEMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars bit of a rant
but you can't help but sympathise. Definitely made me 'chill out' and enjoy my running, whilst also being aware of the environmental impact
Published 16 months ago by drmorris
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing read
I’m a keen fell runner and, as such, love to ‘run wild’ in the style of Boff Whalley. Granted, I’m nowhere near as good a runner as he is, judging by his talk of winning... Read more
Published 18 months ago by neonsign89
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on. One of the best running books i've read.
It's obvious from reading all the reviews that you either get the message of this book, or you don't. Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Grillo
1.0 out of 5 stars Rambling ?
Complete rubbish. No structure. No organization. No idea! No coherenece. Badly written. Boff .. don't give up the day job!
Published 18 months ago by joe
1.0 out of 5 stars Very frustrating read
Was really looking forward to reading about running in the hills and in out of the way places. In parts was very good and described soem beautiful places really well. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Reiver29
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